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9 things every modern backpacker should have

[ 1 ] November 16, 2011 | Alison Adey

Planning a round the world trip? Don’t leave home without getting organised! Read on to see which things every modern backpacker should have:

Gap year students can now earn Ucas points for trekking! Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) - Fabulous Travel Guide
Gap year students can now earn Ucas points for trekking!

1) Skype account

Stay in touch with family and friends using Skype. Simply download the software (and tell your friends to do the same) and you’ll be able to video call for free.

2)  Internet banking

This will save you HEAPS of trouble when you’re overseas. Not only can you transfer money at the click of a button, you can scroll through previous transactions, pay off your credit card and even check for fraud. Highly recommended.

3) Online photo sharing

Facebook is great for sharing snaps but if you want to backup high-resolution photos then consider using Flickr or G-mail. It may take a little longer to upload but it’s worth having them all in once place.

4) Prepaid travel card

Read our advice on choosing the right bank card for your travels. Countless backpackers get stung by ATM fees and bank charges when they’re abroad – so we’ve come up with a solution!

5)  Scan of passport

This is really important. Have a scan of your passport in your backpack and one saved on your laptop (or home computer.) That way, if it gets stolen you will still have a copy of your ID, passport number etc.

6)  iPhone or netbook

Nearly every hostel has internet so it’s worth taking a small laptop or iphone with you. Just make sure you never leave them lying around and take a padlock for your locker.

7) Headphone splitter

Amazing for bus journeys! The headphone splitter is an adapter that let’s several people plugin to your iPod so you can listen to podcasts or watch movies together. Genious.

8) Moonpig account

Send cards to family and friends while you’re away using Moonpig. We love this service as you can set up birthday reminders, upload photos and create your own designs. Now you really don’t have an excuse for forgetting.

9) Waterproof camera

When you’re cage diving with sharks, swimming with pink dolphins you’ll wished you forked out the extra cash for a waterproof model. Trust us, you’ll wish you had!

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Category: Advice, Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, Solo travellers, South America, Staying safe abroad

About Alison Adey: I was previously Channel Editor for IPC's Homes network (;; and but I bid them a fond farewell in December 2010 to embark on this trip. I also worked for as a features writer for two years. View author profile.

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